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Mar042010

This weekend's new releases - ALICE IN WONDERLAND and BROOKLYN'S FINEST

Another weekend has arrived, and it couldn't be soon enough. I can't wait to relax, watch some good movies, and fill up on popcorn. Hollywood is slow lately. We get a few new releases each week as Avatar fever slowly dies down, but it's been pretty weak. Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island (review) is the first real hit we've had in 2010. It has been on top of the box office for the past two weekends and should crack $100 million in the near future. This weekend Tim Burton's long awaited Alice in Wonderland (sequel) hits theaters along with Brooklyn's Finest. Can you guess who's coming out on top?

Trailers, info, and my thoughts on each release after the jump.

Alice in Wonderland

Description: 19-year-old Alice returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen's reign of terror. Rated PG, 108 minutes long.

My Thoughts: I've been so-so recent Tim Burton releases. This is the perfect match of a director and a brand I've seen, but it might be too perfect. Burton seems to rely on his trademarks as of late. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Sweeney Todd are great examples of this. Hopefully Alice isn't just a paycheck to him and we'll see a Tim Burton unafraid to step out of his own creative box. This is what I'll be seeing Thursday night. 

Brooklyn's Finest

Description: Three unconnected Brooklyn cops wind up at the same deadly location after enduring vastly different career paths. Rated R. 133 minutes long.

My Thoughts: An urban cop movie with Ethan Hawke. I feel like I've seen this a few times. Its director, Antoine Fuqua, also directed Training Day in 2001, but has been travelling downhill ever since with films like Tears of the Sun, King Arthur, and Shooter. I'd hold off on this one, at least for now. I'll check it out over the weekend and share my thoughts in a few days.

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